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Public will have chance to address Elizabeth Wettlaufer inquiry

By Dan Brown, The London Free Press

Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer. (File photo)

Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer. (File photo)

The Ontario inquiry into killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s Southwestern Ontario murder spree will include dates next month for the public to speak and ask questions.

A schedule of public meetings for the commission of inquiry was announced Tuesday, with sessions Oct. 18 in Woodstock and Oct. 19 in London.

Woodstock and London were where Wettlaufer killed her victims at two nursing homes — seven in Woodstock before she was terminated from her job and hired in London, where she found her final victim.

The hearings will take place:

Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder between 2007 and 2014, and to four counts of attempted murder and two of assault causing bodily harm — all, involving vulnerable people in her care.

Dates and times for the hearings:

  • Oct. 18: 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m., Holiday Inn, 510 Norwich Ave., Woodstock
  • Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m., DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, 300 King St., London

The inquiry is headed by Justice Eileen Gillese.

“The Commissioner will introduce herself and the inquiry team and explain the inquiry’s mandate and process. Community residents will have an opportunity to speak and to ask questions,” the commission said in its statement Tuesday.

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